I am a member of the Société Française de l’Évaluation's working group on gender equality which promotes gender mainstreaming in public policies and in their evaluations at local government level.
We are currently organising a national conference on this topic in October 2018 mostly targeting 'collectivites territoriales'. We are interested in identifying government institutions (or other types of institutions) that address gender equality from an intersectional approach (sex, ethnicity, social class, sexuality). This could be in the way that laws/policies are formulated, and/or embedded in the indicators/criteria against which (gender equality) policies/laws are being evaluated.
We would greatly appreciate if you could point us toward any best practices in the field that you may be
familiar with. We would ideally also like to have someone participate in our panel discussion, so if there is anyone that you could recommend, we are also open to any suggestions.
Pamela del Canto
My best experiences in gender sensitive evaluations are methods and tools which are as participatory as possible and where there is space for women's and men's expressions and views. I use often tools from the Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA or MARP in French) and adjust them to the various target groups. When one gives space , responsibility and ownership in evaluations , the respondants will more easily share their experiences and will be more open for exchange and reflections. Especially giving space to women in this process is of crucial importance, as you give them the power to develop views for the future.RRA.jpg
Many thanks for your reply, useful information and link. I will definitely check it!
Have a wonderful day!
I am so excited to see this post as I am deeply committed to the cross-fertilisation of policy and practice and learning around its effectiveness and impact across the Francophone and Anglophone communities. I have spent 8 years working on gender and multiple deprivations across the human life course and addressing this explicitly in policy with a focus on Senegal, Niger and Cameroon in WCARO, 8 SAARC countries and Kenya and Tanzania in ESARO. We have some ground breaking policy changes to showcase as a result together with engendered budgets in 6 of these countries and the best panelists are the government bureaucrats themselves. most importantly for a francophone conference .. it would be cool to also share the independent evaluation of this programme .
Feel free to connect with me on skype @ bourgogne2007 or whats app +41796502604 or email.
Many thanks for your reply and sharing information on your experience in Sub-Saharan Africa. I would be very interested in learning more about them. Are there any documents or links that you can share?
The canadian government as a online tool to promote the intersectional approach, see here: https://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/gba-acs/guide-en.html.
If you need more info, let me know.
Thank you so much for the link! Amazing work, bravo Canada!
Greetings Pamela, its sounds like interesting working group!
Building on Mélissa's message regarding intersectionality and gender mainstreaming - the Canadian federal government with its change in political leadership has embedded gender equality and by extension, gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) in the government's policy cycle in new and innovative ways. GBA+ is intersectionality based. Status of Women Canada is Canada's lead agency for gender equality. Their free online GBA+ course is available in both English and French and can be found at : https://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/gba-acs/course-cours-en.html .
It doesn't specifically target the evaluation function, or evaluators but related guidance materials have been in development for a number of years.The innovations mentioned above include the mandatory integration of GBA+ in evaluation as referenced in the Policy on Results' accompanying suite of tools (Directive on Results), the Budget exercise, as well as Treasury Board Submissions, and Memoranda to Cabinet. The federal government is currently moving towards legislating GBA+. Some of the related guidance materials/tools can be found online (and are also available in both English and French).
This means that all federal government departments and agencies adhere to these various requirements across sectors, jurisdictions, programs, and program beneficiaries. Despite historical commitments to GBA that date back to Beijing, departments are at various stages of implementation in all these initiatives - including within evaluation (which is my area of research). How intersectionality, what type of intersectional lens is applied, the extent of intersectional analysis, the quality etc. varies significantly.
Hope that this is helpful and good luck with your conference!
Thank you so much for the follow-up and very helpful explanation.
This is truly inspirational and an excellent benchmark for us to work towards in terms of critical pathway and method. I will ensure to share this within our group and beyond! It's also very helpful that the course and other contents are in French for ease of understanding. It really goes to show that with political leadership and will, institutional changes can be made in a rather short time frame setting up the stage for significant progress in social justice and peaceful societies which are essential for sustainable development.
Many thanks again.
Responses on EvalGender+ Facebook page
Many thanks for sharing the responses!